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Welcome to the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association

Welcome to the new website for the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. Our mission is to "Ease the Burden, To Find A Cure" for the people with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers in Connecticut. Our goal is to provide education, support and socialization. Along with educational information found on our website will hold many event, both educational and social during the year and we hope there is something for everyone.

Along with our new website we have new contact information!

Please feel free to call: 860.248.9200 with any questions that maybe of concern to you.

You may email us at:

Our new mailing address is:

American Parkinson Disease Association- Connecticut Chapter

PO Box 718

Old Mystic, Ct 06372

Please note> This website is new and still under construction. We hope to have all tabs (such as "Resources") operational in the very near future!

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April is Parkinson's Awareness

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is Celebrating Parkinson's Awareness Month!

Please help us spread the word and support CT APDA by clicking  the donate button  to help us help those with PD!

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Guilford- VNA Community Healthcare Support Groups join with CT APDA

It is with great pleasure that we announce that VNA Community Healthcare of Guilford's Parkinson's Support Groups are joining our American Parkinson Disaese Association, Connecticut Chapter's network! It is clear that VNA Communtiy Healthcare has always placed a priority on Parkinson's care.  They have been providing both a Parkinson's and a PD Caregiver support groups along with Parkinson's exercise and dance classes. For more information about these support groups and classes.....

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Dance class for Parkinson's in Guilford

 VNA Community Healthcare Wellness Center hosts a dance class for Parkinson's disease at their offices at 753 Boston Post Road.  The class is held on Mondays 10:45 AM – 12:00.  There is no charge for the class as it is sponsored by Rehab Concepts.  To register for the class, please call (203) 458-4351

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April 16th- NEW Avon Parkinson's Support Group

On Wednesday, April 16th the "NEW" Parkinson's Support Group at River Ridge in Avon will having their second meeting. We will meet at River Ridge at Avon -101 Bickford Ext in Avon at 2:00PM. Join us and learn about current trends in treatment of Parkinson's disease while meeting others from your community. For more information.....

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April 17th - Woodbridge Support Group Meeting Canceled

The Woodbridge Support Group has canceled it's April meeting.

Sorry for the short notice but the Woodbridge Support Group has canceled it's April meeting. 

For information please contact Marvin & Terry, Support Group Leaders at 203-298-0791. 

April 22nd- The Courthouse Bar & Grille Luncheon Lecture with Dr Marisa Moro De Casillas


On Tuesday, April 22nd, Dr Marisa Moro De Casillas, MD from Neurology Associates- Norwich will be our guest speaker at The Courthourse Bar & Grille at 121 Main St. Putnam, CT. Her Topic is "Treatment Updates in Parkinson's Disease". This luncheon and lecture will begin at 12:00PM. Both the luncheon and presentation is sponsored by Teva NeuroScience. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Mary Ellen at 860-248-9200. Please leave your name, number of people attending, phone number and the event for which you are responding..the Courthouse Bar & Grille.

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April 24th- Lunch & Learn with Dr Simmons at the new Rocky Hill Support Group

On Thursday, April 24th, Dr Adam Simmons, MD, DABIHM, Director of the Parkinson Disease and Movement Center at the Hospital for Special Care will be our guest speaker at Atria Greenridge Place, One Elizabeth Court Rocky Hill, CT. His topic is "Parkinson's Disease Treatment Updates". This luncheon and lecture will begin at 11:30 AM. Reservations are required. Please RSVP by April 17th to Atria at 860-257-0000. 

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May 8th - New Support Group at Maple Woods at Hamden!

On Thursday, May 8th the "NEW" Parkinson's Support Group at Maple Woods at Hamden will having their first Parkinson's Support Group meeting! We will meet at Maple Woods at Hamden -35 Hamden Hills Dr. in Hamden at 1:00PM. Join us and learn about current trends in treatment of Parkinson's disease while meeting others from your community. For more information please contact their support group leader Thomas at: 203-248-1864.

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May 14th - CT APDA Chapter Board Meeting

The next meeting of the American Parkinson Disease Association Connecticut Chapter will be on on Wednesday, May 14th at 5:30 pm.  We meet at Atria Hamilton Heights in West Hartford the second Wednesday each month.  This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.

Please call 860-248-9200 to let us know if you plan to attend, as the room can be changed to accommodate an increased attendance.


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June 15th- Branford Road Race Supports CT APDA!!

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is pleased to announce that we have been choose as the primary charity for the 2014 Branford Road Race!! This is the 34th year for this fabulous fun filled event. Choose from their  "Fun Run" beginning at 9:30 am, their "Health Walk" that begins at 10:10 AM or their "5 Mile certified Road Race" that begins at 10:15am. The certified course passes through many of Branford's scenic beaches, park and residential areas....


Branford Road Race Registration


Donate now!

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Breaking News

This new section on our website will keep you up to date on the latest articles found on the internet regarding Parkinson's disease. Just follow through to the next page and click on the links provided to be taken to articles of interest....

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Current Research Opportunities

Many members of CT APDA have participated or are currently participating in research studies at varies sites. We will now maintain a list of ongoing research studies that are available for those who are interested. As researchers make us aware of new studies they will be added to our website. For additional information about participation.....

NEW! Parkinson's Cognition Study in New London!

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Quinnipiac University looking for exercise study participants!

The Quinnipiac University's Occupational Therapy program is looking for individuals who have Parkinson's disease to participate in a study to determine the effects of a community/home based excercise program on overall health and daily functions. To learn more about the eligibilty requirements and how to participate......

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Movement Disorder Specialists

Neurologists trained in the diagnosis, management, and care of individuals with Parkinson's disease and related movement disorders are Movement Disorder Specialists.

For a list of Movement Disorder Specialists who practice in Connecticut please contact the CT APDA Chapter at 860-248-9200 This list consists of neurologists who are members of the Movement Disorder Society.

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Nayden Clinic Reports Parkinson's Study Results

Nayden Clinic Study Focuses on Effective Evaluation Techniques for People with Parkinson's Disease

Results of a clinical study on how to best gauge whether patients with Parkinson's disease are effectively responding to treatments will be presented by two Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic graduate students and their advisors this fall.  Overseen but Neag School of Education Department of Kinesiology clinical instructors Cristina Colon- Semenza and Laurie Devaney and Dr. Michael Joseph.....

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Dance for PD at three locations in CT! New group starting in New Haven!!

Dance for PD is a wonderful program exploring movement and helping Parkinson's families connect with others in a creative and joyful experience.  Classes are held on Mondays from 1:30-2:45 pm at the Middletown Senior Center, NEW Tuesday classes every other Tuesday form 1:30-2:45pm at the First Presbyterian Church, New Haven (call for date and time confirmation) and Wednesdays from 10:30 -11:45 am at Connecticut College, Crozier-Williams Building 2nd floor studio, New London, CT.  Classes are free to anyone with Parkinson's and his/her caregiver or partner. This program is sponsored by: Neighborhood Music School.  For more information....

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Bridgeport Exercise Program Highlighted in the Post- Oct 5, 2013

A recent article in the Post "Fighting Parkinson's one stretch at a time" by Amanda Cuda highlights a new excercise program at The Watermark in Bridgeport. The Watermark is also home to one of our CT APDA Support Groups. The group facilitator and CT APDA board member, Marlane Argianas has a great following at her monthly Parkinson's Support Group meetings. The Watermark PD Support Group meets the second Thursday each month at 10:00am.  For more information about their support group contact Marlane at 203-374-6288. For more information about their new excercise program for Parkinson's please see the Post article and contact the Watermark at 203-445-6004. For additional information about Parkinson's and services in the Bridgeport area call Mary Ellen (CT APDA) at 860-248-9200!  

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New Book-Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior, Second Edition

Dr Joseph H. Friedman's new book is now available.

"Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior, Second Edition"

The only complete and up-to-date book addressing the most common behavioral symptoms of Parkinson's Disease (PD), including depression, anxiety, hallucinations, disrupted sleep, and compulsive behavior. When people think about PD....

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New Book on DBS!

In past years some of you may have met Dr Kelvin Chou as he lectured at Symposiums in New England. He left Rhode Island a few years ago but clearly has been very busy. He has published a complete guide to Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. Co-Authors include: Dr Patag Patel and Susan Grube, RN

The official title is:Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery: A New Life for People with Parkinson's, Dystonia and Essential Tremor

Many people who have had DBS have given this book a great review and recommend it to those considering DBS for their Parkinson's.  To learn more....

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"Welcome to Our World" by Pamela Quinn

Please enjoy this  award winning video created by a dancer/teacher Pamela Quinn who has Parkinson's and teaches a class in Brooklyn. It's a wonderful film and our own dance instructor Rachel Balaban  thought you would be interested in seeing it.

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Living with Parkinson's Disease - Educational Video

It is with great pleasure that we can now bring you a wonderful video directed, filmed and edited by Evan Krueger. "Living with Parkinson's Disease" is a labor of love given  to the Parkinson's community by Evan, Dr Joseph Friedman, and Dr Janet Grace.  They were helped by many members of the Parkinson's community both medical professionals and patients alike.

To watch the 30 minute video clink on the link below:

Living with Parkinson's disease

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Donations of Goods and Services

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is a non-profit 503 (c).

Before you purchase a large item such as a walker or wheelchair please give us a call. We may have someone who is willing to donate such an item directly to you.

Call our office at 860-248-9200 and we will put you in touch with the families who are donating.

Contributions of goods and services are just as valuable as a monetary donation. They save on costs which allows the  APDA Connecticut Chapter to operate efficiently and use the maximum amount of funds toward our mission to "Ease the Burden, To Find a Cure". Please contact us if you would like more information about contributing goods and/or services to the CT Chapter APDA.  860-248-9200.

Items needed:  Office supplies (paper, envelopes, ink) and a  laptop computer.

For more information about items that are needed or available...

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CT APDA has a Facebook Group

Yes!! Connecticut APDA has it's own group on Facebook. Use this social networking site to meet others in CT and across the country who have or care about someone with Parkinson's disease. To learn more...

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Follow CT APDA on Twitter

The APDA Connecticut Chapter is now on Twitter! Follow us @CTAPDA

We will use Twitter to promote our chapter, support groups, educational and social events to our community.